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Sheerness, Kent

Sheerness is a town located beside the mouth of the River Medway on the north-west corner of the Isle of Sheppey in north Kent, England. With a population of 13,000 it is the largest town on the island. Sheerness began as a fort built in the 16th century to protect the River Medway from naval invasion.
Administrative CountyKent
Traditional CountyKent
OS GridTQ9175
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
Police AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Fire and Rescue AuthorityKent
Ambulance AuthoritySouth East Coast
Dialling code01795
Population11,654 (2001 census)

Other names by which Sheerness, Kent has been known in the past


Sheerness, Kent in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Sheerness, seaport, dockyard, and garrison town, Minster in Sheppey par., Kent, in NW. of Isle of Sheppey, on river Medway, at its confluence with the Thames, 47 miles E. of London by rail, pop. 14,286; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Sheerness was captured by De Ruyter in 1667, and was shortly afterwards fortified; its present fortifications are of modern erection and immense strength. The harbour is safe and commodious, with deep water close alongside the quays at low tide. The dockyard was commenced in 1814; it covers 60 ac., employs between 1500 and 2000 men, and is principally used for repairs. The barracks, naval and military, accommodate about 2000 seamen and as many soldiers. Sheerness is coming into favour as a summer resort; it has spacious esplanades, a fine beach, and excellent facilities for bathing and boating.

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